Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Selden Garnett, 20 March 1819

Loyds, Essex County March 20, 1819

Dr Sir,

Presuming that the Trustees of the University are desirous of employing a person well qualified to teach the languages; I take the liberty to forward you some certificates & letters, recommending, as highly competent for that office, a Mr Escopiniche; who is anxious to get employment in some seminary which can afford a liberal encouragement. I am not authorised to state the terms upon which Mr Escopeniche is willing to engage; and, indeed, as I imagine that so much of the salary as is intended to be permanent, will be determinately settled by the trustees, it would be unnecessary. Should the testimonials in favor of this gentleman, be deemed sufficient, by the trustees, to justify them in engaging with him; a letter may be directed to him immediately at Litchfield, or through me, at Loyds, Essex County. Two other gentleman have been also recommended to me very highly as accomplished linguists—Due of them, a Dr Speed, a relation of the Mr. Tb. Sampson Esqr: of New York is stated by him to be a man of eminent classical attainments,—the other, Mr Bonfils, an Italian, is not only well acquainted with the Dead languages, but with the Italian, Spanish & French. The two latter gentleman are willing to engage either as private tutors, or in a public Semenary. It would perhaps be well to mention, that Mr Bonfils is well qualified to give instruction in the various branches of the military art, having served as an officer in the Army of Murat. Should any of these gentleman be wanted for the University, or should any of your friends, have occasion for them as tutors, in their families, I shall be very glad to convey any propositions to them, for that purpose, as well on their own account, as because I shall be happy to be in any degree instrumental in promoting the success of an institution, on the prosperity of which the glory and the happiness of the State so materially depend

Accept Sir, the assurances of the esteem & respect with which I remain your obdt Servt:

Robert S Garnett

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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